Alberta last province without an AC


Alberta is the only province in Canada without combative sport commission to regulate boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts. Unlike the United States, Canada has municipal athletic commissions, and the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (ECSC) recommended that a full provincial AC be established.

The ECSC made the recommendation to the Edmonton city council's Community Services Committee, which in turn vote to ask Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson to write the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Dr. Richard Starke, reaffirming the city's support for the establishment of a provincial combative sports commission.

Last year the ECSC regulated 13 professional mixed martial arts events, four professional boxing events, and 40 professional wrestling events, but still did not raise sufficient revenue.

"Although there are a significant number of events held each year in Edmonton, the licensing fees, which are some of the highest in the country, do not generate sufficient revenue to realize full cost recovery," reads the report.

In 2013, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) which represents 272 municipalities in Alberta, drafted a resolution urging the provincial government to create a provincial commission to sanction combative sports events throughout the province.

On Feb. 25, 2014, Tourism, Parks and Recreation issued a response stating, "It is more appropriate for municipalities to make this determination at a local level through knowing the community and available resources."

The AUMA rejected the response and continues to lobby the government for provincial Regulation.

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Pearson'd In My Gray Area site profile image  

8/23/14 6:24 PM by Pearson'd In My Gray Area

I drove to Calgary from Edmontin for that shit. Worst card ever, one if the best nights of my life. Dana daid he'd make it up to us but no rumour yet.

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8/23/14 6:24 PM by Pearson'd In My Gray Area


Molsonmuscle360 site profile image  

8/23/14 5:39 PM by Molsonmuscle360

Funny thing is, they'd probably get a bigger crowd if they went to Edmonton though.  But I imagine they are waiting on the new arena.  Edmonton is a much easier place for most of the province to get to then Calgary.

Jack Skellington site profile image  

8/23/14 5:27 PM by Jack Skellington

But wasn't the UFC in Calgary a massive sellout despite a shitty shitty card?

Molsonmuscle360 site profile image  

8/23/14 5:22 PM by Molsonmuscle360

The commission in Edmonton allows both rule sets, but the River Cree only does unified.  Pretty sure even though it's allowed, there has only been one or two events in Edmonton under the Pride style rules.

Molsonmuscle360 site profile image  

8/23/14 5:20 PM by Molsonmuscle360

We have individual city by city commissions, it actually works out better this way because of the lack of judges/refs in Alberta.  So a city commission can approve people from out of town faster, and that way there can be multiple events in the province over a weekend.  Fort McMurray just got their commission going in the spring, already had an event and is having another in September.   So misleading title is misleading.

Dougie site profile image  

8/23/14 5:09 PM by Dougie

The Ontario AC has made MMA almost prohibitive to put on unless the comission doing it has a lot of money to throw around. Smaller promotions don't stand a chance.

creepymcfinger site profile image  

8/23/14 5:09 PM by creepymcfinger

You can still legally marry your sister in Alberta

QuadAces site profile image  

8/23/14 4:57 PM by QuadAces

Sorry, dude. I read that after a few drinks as "multiple," not "municipal." Thus, the "WAT" instead of "Well, isn't that interesting?"Thanks for responding with class.

steverowbotham site profile image  

8/23/14 4:52 PM by steverowbotham

Unfortunate. It was a fun rule